Male participation in family planning: results from a qualitative study in Mpigi District, Uganda

J Biosoc Sci. 2005 May;37(3):269-86. doi: 10.1017/s0021932004007035.


The aim of this study was to determine men's perceptions about family planning and how they participate or wish to participate in family planning activities in Mpigi District, central Uganda. Four focus group discussions were conducted with married men and with family planning providers from both the government and private sector. In addition, seven key informants were interviewed using a semi-structured interview guide. The results indicate that men have limited knowledge about family planning, that family planning services do not adequately meet the needs of men, and that spousal communication about family planning issues is generally poor. However, almost all men approved of modern family planning and expressed great interest in participating. The positive change of the beliefs and attitudes of men towards family planning in the past years has not been recognized by family planning programme managers, since available services are not in line with current public attitudes. A more couple-oriented approach to family planning is needed. Measures could include, for example, recruiting males as family planning providers, offering more family planning counselling for couples, and promoting female-oriented methods with men and vice versa.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Culture
  • Family Planning Services*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Men / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Spouses / psychology
  • Uganda